Cedar Rapids pet fair offers low-cost animal adoptions, vaccinations

Family activities include games, raffle, cake walk and visit with MukLuk, the python

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If your children are clamoring for a new pet, the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control’s sixth annual pet fair on Saturday includes discounts on adoptions.

Have all the pets you need? Come to the pet fair anyway for low-cost vaccinations, entertainment and all sorts of animal cuteness — including MukLuk the python.

“The kids absolutely love it,” Diane Webber, manager of Animal Care & Control, said about a snake show-and-tell with Don Becker, an Eastern Iowa herpetologist.

The pet fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Animal Care & Control center, 900 76th Avenue Dr. SW, includes information booths on pet rescue, boarding, training and care. There also will be activities including a cake walk, bake sale, kids’ games and prizes, refreshments, raffle and artist renderings of your pet’s photo.

From 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a rabies and microchip clinic, where rabies vaccinations will cost $10 and having a microchip ID implanted in your pet will cost $20.

“We tend to get several calls a year about animal bite situations,” Webber said.

There were 367 bite cases reported in Cedar Rapids in 2016, which is a 45 percent increase from 2015, Webber said. These do not include dog-on-dog incidents, she said. Animal control officers issued 88 citations in 2016 for animals without rabies vaccinations, up 9 percent over 2015, Webber reported.

If a pet owner doesn’t have documentation of a recent rabies vaccination, the pet has to be quarantined for 10 days, which can be very costly, she said.

Lost pets with microchips can be returned directly to pet owners instead of being taken to the shelter, Webber said.

On Saturday only, adoptions of spayed or neutered adult cats or kittens cost $12, unaltered cats or kittens are $50 and spayed or neutered dog adoptions are $25. Those rates include initial vaccination, deworming, flea/tick treatment and a microchip ID.

“Last year, we had a slam dunk on adoptions,” Webber said. Pet fair attendees in 2016 adopted 27 cats and six or seven dogs, she said. About 300 people attended the fair overall.

To take a look at pets available for adoption, go to the organization’s PetFinder website at petfinder.com/shelters/IA125.html.

l Comments: (319) 339-3157; erin.jordan@thegazette.com

If You Go

l What: Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control’s sixth annual pet fair

l When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

l Where: 900 76th Avenue Dr. SW

l Adoption fees: $12 for spayed or neutered cats, $50 for unaltered cats, $25 for spayed or neutered dogs.

l Info: petfinder.com/shelters/IA125.html

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